Chpt. 3 D.W. Griffith

Chpt. 3 D.W. Griffith - D.W. Griffith and the Development...

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D.W. Griffith and the Development of Narrative Film D.W. Griffith’s Legacy Between 1908 and 1914, he did more than anyone to establish the narrative language of cinema Cinema’s first great technical master and genuine visionary Also a hopeless Victorian romantic who was intellectually narrow and a racial bigot Beginnings in Cinema Hired by Edwin S. Porter as an actor; starred in Rescue From an Eagle’s Nest (1908) Hired by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Co. o 1908 offered the chance to direct o Directed 450 one- and two-reelers from 1908 to 1913 1913 moved to Reliance-Majestic o Allowed to make two independent features a year o Brought most of his stock company with him o Also brought his long-time cinematographer Billy Bitzer Griffith’s Cinematic Innovations His innovations were intuitive and practical, not critical and theoretical Used the narrative conventions of Victorian literature and theater
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